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Clams by Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes

Clams and all kinds of seafood, Or according to the French the Fruit of the sea “fruit de Mer”I love!

If you have the pleasure of living close to the sea you know what I’m talking about!

Fresh seafood with a little Ouzo or a nice glass of white wine and it’s perfection!

I can enjoy the moment by myself, this way I can take it all in and sometimes this is all you need! Very therapeutic indeed!

Other times a good friend will enhance the moment no dought!

Here is my recipe for a delightful dish of seafood!

You will need! 

3 dozen small hard-shelled clams-scrubbed well, this recipe is for 2

¼ cup olive oil

Clams by Litsa!

Clams by Litsa!

1 onion sliced

2 cloves garlic

½ cup chopped parsley

½ cup red wine

½ cup prepared tomato sauce

¼ cup water

Salt, pepper and a touch of sugar

½ cup feta crumbs

Here is what to do

In a heavy pan with cover, add the oil and sauté onion and garlic until transparent.

Deglaze with the wine, add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

At this point add the clams and cover.

Heat has to be moderately high, cook for 7 minutes or until clams are open.

They will open with the steam

Discard any that did not open after 7 minutes, they are not eatable and will never open!

Place them on a platter, and keep them warm. Make sure the sauce is nice and thick if not, cook a few more minutes and pour over clams!

Serve with nice bread, because the sauce is delicious…

The fish that we have with this recipe is a slice of white fish with the skin, and we make sure that our fish is patted dry, seasoned with salt and pepper and fried in olive oil until skin is nice and crisp.

You can use, bass, grouper, snapper to name a few, and these are great for frying and searing.

 

 

Brie by Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Meze, Uncategorized

This is an amazing appetizer if you like Brie!

I love Brie and when I make it this way it is a hit all the time.Even if you don’t fancy this French cheese, I can assure you, you will love it!First of all, it is a conversation piece, and after the looks, the taste is fabulous.

When the cheese melts and it combines with the rest of the ingredients it’s like something wonderful happens!

The perfect bread to enjoy this delicacy is a baguette, Have it ready to Be enjoyed with the delicious soft cheese!

A very special recipe done with love will be remembered for a long time!

 

 

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Brie in Phyllo

Here is what you will need,

1 Brie

2 tbsp butter and a little olive oil

2 onions sliced

1 clove garlic

½ cup walnuts

2 tbsp good balsamic vinegar

¼ cup maple syrup

2 tbsp Apricot preserves

Salt and pepper to tasteimg_5965

6 Phyllo sheets

Melted butter for the Phyllo

Here is what to do

In a heavy skillet add butter and olive oil

Sauté the onions and garlic until transparent, for a few minutes

Add the rest of the ingredients and cook a few more minutes

Remove from heat

Butter an ovenproof plate and start layering the Phyllo

Make sure you butter in between each Phyllo

Place the brie on the Phyllo and add the onion mixture on top of the cheese

Cover with the Phyllo, butter well and bake at 350 until nice and golden, about 25-30 minutes

Serve hot with baguette slices, perfection!

Summer the Magic Blanket – Litsa Bolontzakis

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

Summer the magic blanket

Sumner the magic blanket

“Summer the Magic Blanket” a book By Litsa Bolontzakis

A great gift idea, for children up to the age of 12.Love for life and the small things nature has to offer is the theme of this book “Summer the magic blanket”.

Simple things are enough to make our children happy!

Children don’t need very much to be content, they can spend hours playing with an insignificant thing and be so happy.  

But books, ah books can make them dream, books can expand their horizons like nothing else could.

Little robots

We as parents have to remember just one thing, our kids are not little robots, they are little humans and they get tired! 

When they get tired they are nasty, according to my 8-year old granddaughter, and they get in trouble, something they don’t like!She was telling me this with tears in her eyes…

Let’s  make it possible when we make their schedule to allow some free time during the day.

Give them some stress-free time, make them have some alone time, they don’t know they need it, they are children, we have to make it happen for them!

As parents we should know that they need time to rest, physically and mentally they need time to rest!

We have to make it happen before they get to the point of misbehaving!

A little alone time when they get home from school, with a snack they like and a good book is all they need to cut the long day in half! After all, they get up very early in the morning, why do we expect them to keep on going until bed time? 

They don’t like it when we send them to bed, but if we create a little corner just for them, a resting little place, they will know it is their own little spot and it will be easier to get used to the idea, therefore get the habit going.

Think about it, do you as a parent have a place in the house that you find comfort and you can’t wait to go to and get the rest you need? It is the same with children!

It will make such a great difference,  the family will be running smoothly, and the kids will be more relaxed and ready to enjoy the rest of the day!

There is no magic, other than the magic we create ourselves by having a great time enjoying life, a beautifully uncomplicated life. 

Summer the Magic blanket a book they will love!A little blanket that made it possible for Evangelia to dream and fly away like a butterfly! 

Our children deserve just that!

Love,

Litsa! 

 

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